I stitched it up entirely using a vintage Australian made 1957 Singer 201P. At that time, I had just started teaching machine quilting. I wanted to show students that with practice, intricate quilting can be achieved even with very basic old machines. That is why I named it "It's the Singer not the song". Well, it is the Singer, but it is also not the Singer(the machine), it's the singer (the machine operator).
I was thrilled to be awarded viewer's choice, after more than 2000 people viewed the exhibition. My quilt is composed of 36 "mini-quilts" which are assembled onto a background quilt. Hand discharge-dyed fabrics, and hand dyed and commercial silks were used. Extensive thread painting and hand stitching, Sashiko style features throughout.
Linda is a highly awarded longarm machine quilter whose work has been displayed in many venues and published widely in many quilting magazines and books, several times show cased on the cover. Linda has been quilting for over 40 years and is known and respected as one of the innovators of the art of longarm machine quilting. She has won numerous quilting awards in shows sponsored by the International Quilting Association, American Quilter's Society and National Quilter's Association, Machine Quilter's Showcase, Machine Quilter's Exposition and Road to California. To her delight, she has been chosen by her peers 3 times as "Teacher of the Year." Linda was also chosen by the readers of Quilters Newsletter magazine as one of the "Most Influential Persons in the Quilting Industry" (2009) and was selected as one of the "Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World (2008). Most recently (2013), she was awarded the coveted "Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution to the machine quilting industry. Her quilts have been in special exhibits and museums in the United States and Europe, including "Free Motion Masterpieces" in the New England Quilt Museum. Linda has traveled and taught in Africa, Ireland, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. She has appeared on more than 80 segments of television programs with popular TV quilting personalities such as Alex Anderson, Shar Jorgensen, Georgia Bonesteel, and Donna Wilder and has her own PBS television show named Linda's Longarm Quilting which is currently in the 5th season, now showing on thequiltingschool.com. She has produced a dozen how-to DVDs, nine books on longarm techniques, many practical templates and over 1000 continuous line patterns. Linda wrote the handbook on longarm quilting entitled, The Ultimate Guide to Longarm Machine Quilting produced by C&T Publishing Company. Linda maintains an extensive schedule of teaching engagements and has taught her innovative methods to literally thousands of students from all over the world whom she considers to be her friends. Over the 20 years Linda has been longarm quilting, she has watched as many of her students have excelled as top award-winning quilters. AWESOME!